AMD processors are very popular with budget PC vendors, offering excellent performance at a low price. Arbico's Phenom 5524 GT uses a fast-clocked 3.1GHz Phenom II X2 550 chip, but its performance in our tests falls short of the Intel chips.

AMD processors are very popular with budget PC vendors, offering excellent performance at a low price. Arbico's Phenom 5524 GT uses a fast-clocked 3.1GHz Phenom II X2 550 chip, but its performance in our tests falls short of the Intel chips.

However, although it's some way off the 123-point tally scored by our Best Buy machine, the Arbico Phenom 5524 GT desktop PC's 115-point WorldBench 6 rating demonstrates a turn of speed that's more than adequate for most users. And it's slightly faster than the Intel-powered Chillblast.

As with all the machines in our round-up, Arbico supplies 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive with its Phenom 5524 GT desktop PC. Unfortunately, the former is of the slower DDR2 variety.

Also in common with the other AMD machines on test, the Arbico Phenom 5524 GT desktop PC uses an Asus M2N68-AM SE2 motherboard. Unsurprisingly, the three PCs perform almost identically.

A 19in (1440x900) Digimate display is provided, offering more workspace than the 18.5in models often provided at this price point. Its 16:10 aspect ratio doesn't quite match the 16:9 format of an HDTV, so you'll get a letterbox effect when viewing such content. You'll also have to put up with poor sound quality, since the Arbico Phenom 5524 GT desktop PC is supplied without external speakers.

The Arbico Phenom 5524 GT desktop PC's GT 240 graphics card is capable of playing older games such as Fear, and even demanding titles such as Crysis when you drop the settings a notch. But while it's faster than some of the ATI graphics cards here, it doesn't support DirectX 11.0.

Budget PCs chart ranking

  1. Palicomp Core i3 Blast 540-19
  2. Chillblast Fusion Vortex
  3. Eclipse Quantum a55r575
  4. CyberPower Ultra Athenna XT
  5. Arbico Phenom 5524 GT

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